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Echo Park Rise Up: A Reading List

 

We stand with the unhoused community at Echo Park Lake who were forcibly removed from the park last week by LAPD and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. 

We see our houseless neighbors who continually build foundations and communities with what little is available, foundations the city seems intent on bulldozing for the sake of a misguided optics of order/civility. We recognize and reject the police brutality at the core of the city’s tent-clearing project.    

We fear this precedent set by our city will be used to displace people from LA’s other public parks, such as MacArthur Park or Lincoln Park. 

In the midst of an ongoing public health emergency, destroying what stability those communities have been able to achieve and forcing the unhoused into ever more precarious living situations is not a solution to LA's acute housing crisis. As we have witnessed in our own neighborhood of Los Feliz, homelessness is a structural issue with many roots, and cannot be solved by harassment of the unhoused or by their criminalization and incarceration.
 
A deeper dive on some of the issues surrounding poverty and homelessness can be found in our book list below. We believe these texts illuminate the long history of the housing crisis in Los Angeles and light the way towards alternative solutions that call on all of us to prioritize care, mutual aid, and solidarity with our unhoused neighbors. 
 
If you'd like to make your voice heard on this issue, you can find your Neighborhood Council and your L.A. City Councilmember using the council districts map, and you can find the email addresses for the mayor and all the city councilmembers on the city directory.
 
 
 
We Do This 'Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Mariame Kaba, Tamara K. Nopper (Editor), Naomi Murakawa (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781642595253
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Published: Haymarket Books - February 23rd, 2021

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City By Matthew Desmond Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Crown - February 28th, 2017

Down, Out, and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row By Forrest Stuart Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780226566207
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Published: University of Chicago Press - April 6th, 2018

Planet of Slums By Mike Davis Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784786618
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Published: Verso - January 17th, 2017

Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents By Isabel Wilkerson Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America By Richard Rothstein Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781631494536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Liveright - May 1st, 2018

Invisible Nation: Homeless Families in America By Richard Schweid Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780520292673
Published: University of California Press - October 25th, 2016

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City of Segregation: 100 Years of Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles By Andrea Gibbons Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781786632708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Verso - September 18th, 2018

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Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties By Mike Davis, Jon Wiener Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9781784780227
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Published: Verso - April 14th, 2020

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Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #21) By Jackie Wang Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635900026
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Semiotext(e) - February 23rd, 2018

Debt: The First 5,000 Years,Updated and Expanded By David Graeber Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781612194196
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Published: Melville House - October 28th, 2014

Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America By Kristian Williams Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781849352154
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Published: AK Press - August 18th, 2015

Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance (Spectre) By Peter Linebaugh Cover Image
$21.95
ISBN: 9781604867473
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Published: PM Press - March 1st, 2014

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement By Ejeris Dixon (Editor), Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha (Editor) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781849353625
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Published: AK Press - January 21st, 2020

$18.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780807081778
Published: Beacon Press - February 27th, 2018

Better Must Come: Exiting Homelessness in Two Global Cities By Matthew D. Marr Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780801479700
Published: ILR Press - June 4th, 2015

Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between By Eric Nusbaum Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9781541742215
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Published: PublicAffairs - March 24th, 2020

Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (Justice) By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781469663883
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 1st, 2021

Golden Gates: The Housing Crisis and a Reckoning for the American Dream By Conor Dougherty Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525560234
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - February 16th, 2021

No Way Home: The Crisis of Homelessness and How to Fix It with Intelligence and Humanity By Wayne Winegarden, Joseph Tartakovsky, Kerry Jackson Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781641771641
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Published: Encounter Books - March 16th, 2021

A Place to Stay: A Shelter Story By Erin Gunti, Esteli Meza (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Erin Gunti, Esteli Meza (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9781782858256
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Published: Barefoot Books - August 20th, 2019

A Chair for My Mother By Vera B. Williams, Vera B. Williams (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780688040741
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 23rd, 2007

How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology #8) By Paul Lichterman Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780691177519
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Published: Princeton University Press - December 15th, 2020

Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World  By Leslie Kern Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781788739818
Availability: Backordered
Published: Verso - July 7th, 2020

Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State (Jacobin) By Samuel Stein Cover Image
$17.95
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ISBN: 9781786636393
Published: Verso - March 12th, 2019

Urban Warfare: Housing under the Empire of Finance By Raquel Rolnik, Gabriel Hirschhorn (Translated by) Cover Image
By Raquel Rolnik, Gabriel Hirschhorn (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781788731607
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Published: Verso - March 26th, 2019

Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes By Mimi Sheller Cover Image
$26.95
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ISBN: 9781788730921
Published: Verso - September 25th, 2018

Nolympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beyond By Jules Boykoff Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9781773632766
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Published: Fernwood Publishing - April 1st, 2020

In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis By Peter Marcuse, David Madden Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781784783549
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Published: Verso - August 16th, 2016

The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore's Racial Divide By Lawrence Lanahan Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781620973448
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Published: New Press - May 21st, 2019

Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next) By Dean Spade Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781839762123
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Published: Verso - October 27th, 2020

Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto By Aaron Bastani Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781786632630
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Published: Verso - June 16th, 2020

A Marker to Measure Drift By Alexander Maksik Cover Image
$15.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780345803863
Published: Vintage - June 3rd, 2014

How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood By PE Moskowitz Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781568589039
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 4th, 2018

Resist the Punitive State: Grassroots Struggles Across Welfare, Housing, Education and Prisons By Emily Luise Hart, Joe Greener, Rich Moth Cover Image
$24.95
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ISBN: 9780745339511
Published: Pluto Press - November 20th, 2019

The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) By David Garland Cover Image
$11.95
ISBN: 9780199672660
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 1st, 2016

A Solution to Homelessness in Your Town: Valley View Senior Housing, Napa County, California By Charles Durrett Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781935935452
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Published: Oro Editions - December 15th, 2020

Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel By Yu Miri, Morgan Giles (Translated by) Cover Image
By Yu Miri, Morgan Giles (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593088029
Availability: Backordered
Published: Riverhead Books - June 23rd, 2020

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution By Peter Kropotkin Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9780486449135
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Published: Dover Publications - April 7th, 2006

Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought) By Peter Kropotkin, Marshall S. Shatz (Editor) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780521459907
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Published: Cambridge University Press - August 10th, 1995

The Conquest of Bread By Peter Kropotkin, David Priestland (Introduction by), David Priestland (Notes by) Cover Image
By Peter Kropotkin, David Priestland (Introduction by), David Priestland (Notes by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780141396118
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Published: Penguin Classics - December 8th, 2015

Why Can't You Afford a Home? (Future of Capitalism) By Josh Ryan-Collins Cover Image
$12.95
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ISBN: 9781509523269
Published: Polity Press - December 11th, 2018

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States By Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macaré (Editor) Cover Image
By Alicia Garza (Foreword by), Maya Schenwar (Editor), Joe Macaré (Editor)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781608466122
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Published: Haymarket Books - June 21st, 2016